By Sam Stone

25th Jan, 2023 | 5:49pm

Rangers have just days to avoid £8.5million being flushed down drain ahead of Jan deadline

Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos’ careers at Rangers are very much up in the air – and the club have to make a decision when it comes to their futures.

Morelos was signed in 2017 for a reported fee of £1million from HJK Helsinki (Scottish Sun, 9 June 2017) and has gone on to be a huge success since his move to Ibrox.

Kent was signed permanently from Liverpool in 2019 for a reported fee of £7.5million (Sky Sports, 3 September), and much like Morelos, has been a mainstay of the Gers’ success.

However, as we all know, their current deals are set to expire in the summer – and neither player has yet to agree on new terms. Former Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones revealed (GiveMeSport, 30 December) that contract talks with Kent are now reaching a critical stage.

Little has emerged about Morelos’ contract talks – and unless something dramatic changes, there’s a strong chance both players will be free agents in the summer. It seems unlikely, but unless Rangers sell the pair in the coming days, they’re starring an £8.5million loss square in the face.

Obviously, Michael Beale will not be looking to cash in on either player as the window comes to its conclusion, but it will be another disappointing blow for the club if they both depart when their contracts expire in the summer.

As the January transfer window edges closer to closing, it will be up to the board to try and convince Kent and Morelos to sign new deals at Ibrox. Both players have been rejuvenated since Beale’s arrival and would be regulars in the years to come under the new boss.

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to offer a four-and-a-half-year contract to seal the signing of this European ace.